05 Legit Offline Jobs to Make More Than $10/hour Without a Degree

05 Legit Offline Jobs to Make More Than $10hour Without a Degree

It is possible to earn more than $10/hour:

  • If you want to earn through legit means
  • If you are interested in offline jobs/local businesses
  • Do you have the budget of less than $100 budget to start your business
  • Less skilled and without an educational degree

Then you are at the right place. Most importantly, these are not online jobs that you find easier to browse sitting comfortably on your couch with a laptop/mobile/PC. They look attractive, but believe me; you gonna bang your head when you gotta know the reality. Many are fake and some are legit, that too needs long-term hard work and patience. Indeed that may not prove to be a success for you as you admire a few. So, no pain no gain. Now, let us start.

1. Cleaning Service:

To understand the job scope of cleaning services, especially in the United States, We referred to the data published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It gives us the national estimate of cleaning workers in the United States. That is to say, the percentage of people who are employed in building, house cleaning, and related service, stands at 7.2 %.

Moreover, the survey states that the median hourly pay for janitors and building cleaners is $14.31. The median wage means, the average wage that is calculated from 50% of people earning the highest and 50% of the people earning the lowest in the same industry.

You can earn more than $14 per hour in cleaning services

Most importantly, the hourly rates in cleaning services mostly differ in two categories, i.e.

Commercial cleaning: Commercial cleaning involves higher rates that range between $20 to $80 per hour. We took this data from Nextday’s cleaning services. It may involve one or multiple personnel working in a group.

Per cleaner basis: As the term suggests, only one person does the cleaning job and the per-hour wage remains $20 or below.

Moreover, the hourly wage varies with a location such as a house, office building, medical, janitor services, etc.

Besides the hourly wage, the wage is also calculated by the area of cleaning requirements(if it is too large, likely 10,000 square feet and higher).

Thus, we can summarize that; if you prefer working as an individual, then you are likely to earn more than $10 per day. Moreover, associating with a cleaning agency may lead to variable payments based on the pay scales of the agency.

2. Dry Cleaning:

As per a study, the laundry facilities and dry-cleaning services were pegged at USD 10.82 billion in 2021. Moreover, it is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 4.5% from 2022 to 2030.  It is probably one of the most profitable industries and the best one to invest in.

Moreover, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean hourly wage is pegged at $13.38.

You can make at least $15-$17 for dry-cleaning a dress

Next, we peeked into the commercial data of two well-known laundry services in the US i.e. Tide cleaners and laundry care. The published pricing is mainly customer-based and categorized as per garment/clothing rather hourly basis. Thus, we conclude that, if you start your laundry services, you may charge your customers based on garment counts and not on an hourly basis. Well, that goes even higher for dry-cleaning a dress at $17.00 in a washing, than working in a labor-intensive hourly paid industry like house cleaning.

3. Computer Repair Service:

Repairing or fixing a laptop or a desktop involves skill and knowledge in working with both system hardware and software. Indeed you may need to quality a certification course in computer science, with practical skills. Unlike cleaning services and laundry, you need to have a minimum qualification to go ahead with this industry.

As per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for computer support specialists is $27.84 per hour.  Moreover, over a decade i.e. 2021 to 2031, it is projected that there will be about an average of 75,000 job openings each year.

4. Coffee Counter:

The Food and Beverage serving industry has a faster-than-average growth outlook as per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. What could have been easier than serving a coffee, while even a small coffee machine can help you get started with your local business? Moreover, it is one of the most affordable businesses you can start with a $100 investment.

Selling a cup of coffee at $2 would be the lowest you can start with. And even selling 10 cups of coffee per hour can earn you at least $20.

In addition, you can also sell tea, packaged snacks, etc. to increase your revenue.

5. General Merchandise Store:

You can’t own a store, you can work for someone. Learn skills, store and customer management, to start your own in the future. Or work part-time to raise funds.

To define further, merchandise store worker jobs include cashier, retail sales associate, merchandiser, and stocker. The hourly rates differ and mostly lie between the range of $12-$15. As per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, general merchandise store workers have an hourly mean wage of $15.69.

Typically we do not recommend you to involve in low-level merchandising jobs that do not involve a high level of professional involvement and low pay. Much like labor work such as floor cleaning, lifting work, etc.

Final Words:

These are some of the most popular jobs without degree requirements and proven to earn livelihood for many. We have curated the list to highlight the top jobs only. We do not provide a huge list that baffles you to decide the right one in the end.

List of Jobs Requiring Skill Only. No Degree Required:

  • Masonry worker
  • Carpenter
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Plumber
  • Mechanic


Written by Jen Bradley

Jen Bradley is a seasoned business development manager with over 14 years of experience in the field. Born and raised in a bustling city in the United States, she was always interested in entrepreneurship and how businesses could make a positive impact on society. After graduating with a degree in Business Administration from a top university, Jen began her career at a marketing agency, where she quickly rose through the ranks due to her natural talent for building relationships and identifying new business opportunities.

In her free time, Jen enjoys practicing yoga and exploring new cities and cultures. She is an avid reader and is always looking for new ways to expand her knowledge and stay up-to-date on the latest business trends and innovations.

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